From stick airplanes & stick figures to hot rods to skulls, to murals there is nothing Dine’ (Navajo) artist Damian Jim can’t accomplish.
Early in his career, Damian, who has a background as a contemporary computer artist and graphic designer, used his cultural roots to improvise on traditional Navajo designs that have inspired Dine' rug and basket weavers to create award winning woven art. His work has been championed by the Simpson family, owners of the Twin Rocks Trading Post, in Bluff, Utah and was featured in various publications about contemporary basket weaving designs.
Damian expresses his creativity through different mediums like acrylics, pen & ink, pencils, pastels, charcoal, pottery and wood carving by using surrealistic art, and Native American themes.
The introduction of the iPad and the App “Brushes” has allowed Damian to expand his repertoire into the realm of Digital Art as they allow him to execute the very detailed and multi-layered paintings which he is known for, on a portable canvas.
Damian is the owner of 1Spot Gallery, the only Indigenous owned gallery in Phoenix, the publisher of Ziindi magazine, an art Zine to bring contemporary art to the reservation, and the designer of his own T-Shirt line.
He has conducted numerous lectures and seminars on the history of Dine' art and culture and was also featured in several newspaper and magazine articles, a TV news documentary and a video from BYU university.